5 Beach Vacation Tips

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Summer is in full swing and that means spending more time at the beach and taking vacations. If you’re traveling this year to a beach location or plan on hitting the beach at some point this summer (I’m extremely jealous of you!) here are 5 tips to get you started. 1. Choose a great cover-up. [...]

Family Holidays in Spain

Few places are as well equipped to enjoy a family holiday than Spain. It’s got cracking beaches, a sizzling summer climate, vibrant family-friendly resorts and stacks of local things to see and do.   If you’re considering holidays to Spain 2013 with the little ones, you’ll find stacks of great resorts with fantastic family hotels [...]

A Guide to Amsterdam’s Neighborhoods

Amsterdam may not be a huge city, but it has a lot of diversity. It attracts visitors from around the world for a variety of reasons. The city is known best for two things: its Red Light District, and the so-called “brown cafes,” where customers are able to freely smoke marijuana and hash. But there [...]

My Top 5 Places To Visit In Chicago

Thinking of visiting Chicago? Did you know that in the great city was the start of the “Historic Route 66″ and birthplace to mail-order retailing as well as the TV remote? Chicago is full of history, entertainment and diverse dining. 1.  The Navy Pier The Navy Pier was actually designed for shipping and recreational purposes [...]

Traveling To England – Accommodations

A few years back my husband and I met a wonderful couple that we now consider very good friends. He is originally from England but moved to Illinois for a job, met his wife and started his family there. Each year they take a 3 week vacation to go back to England so he can [...]

Stretching Your Family Entertainment Dollar

Every family would like to save more money, but we often get so bogged down in the costs of everyday living that it gets difficult to cut expenses. It seems that everyone in the family has a specific thing that they don’t want to give up, or in some cases, can’t. Food is one of [...]

Parenting on the Fly: The Joys of Holiday Air Travel

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Ahhh, the joys of holiday air travel. So much to do before you leave, and add the stress of rushing around to the airport and through security. Then add potential stress of family conflict when you get there. Finally add your kids to this holiday cocktail and it can become an experiment in hair loss. [...]

Tailgate Proof Wine

Fall is football season and represents numerous tailgating parties and other outdoor events.  Did you know there are some outdoor friendly wines that drink outside the box?  I know the stereo types about boxed wines, but there are some award winning wines that are being boxed to meet the mobile demands of consumers. My personal [...]

Vacation Budgeting

As a parent, I have come to realize that vacations are definitely needed. It’s a must. That’s all there is to it. A family vacation is a chance for the entire family to get away from their everyday hectic lives, jobs and school to go out and enjoy themselves. Sometimes, this can become quite expensive. [...]